Tennis Bobcats picked second in MEC preseason coaches poll


BRIDGEPORT — The University of Charleston Golden Eagles have been selected to win the 2021 Mountain East Conference men's tennis title after a vote by the league's coaches.

The Golden Eagles finished first in the poll with 36 points, including six first-place votes. UC head coach Matt Santen has a young lineup this season with eight freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and no seniors on the roster. Charleston has captured a pair of MEC regular season championships but is seeking its first MEC Tournament title this season.

West Virginia Wesleyan was second in the poll with 31 points (one first-place vote). The Bobcats captured MEC regular season titles from 2015-19, and won tournament championships from 2017-19.

Fairmont State was third in the poll with 23 points, just ahead of West Liberty (21). Frostburg State (9) and West Virginia State (8) rounded out the poll.

The top four teams in the regular season advance to the MEC Tournament that will be held May 1-2 in Charleston, W.Va.

2021 MEC Men's Tennis Preseason Poll

1. Charleston — 36 (6)

2. West Virginia Wesleyan — 31 (1)

3. Fairmont State — 23

4. West Liberty — 21

5. Davis & Elkins — 19

6. Frostburg State — 9

7. West Virginia State — 8

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